July 4th in Milan at the Italian Diagnostic Centre (CDI) saw the inauguration of the iconographic exhibition, curated by Francesca Pedroni, "Birthday Album 1813 - 2013 The Ballet School of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala" which traces the history of the school from the year of its foundation, 1813, to date.
Until October 31st, forty evocative images, on loan from the Photographic archive and La Scala Theatre Museum, offered the city a chance to take a journey through 200 years of the institution that has trained and continues to train the ballet stars from all over the world.
The exhibition offered a preview, with some of its precious content, of the eponymous book presented on 11th November 2013 at the Teatro alla Scala, achieved with the support of the foundation.
"For the CDI - explains the curator - we chose a selection of instrumental artists and maestros. There will be stars such as Carlotta Grisi, the first Giselle in history, Carla Fracci, who in the same role in the twentieth century became an unparalleled dance icon, Luciana Savignano, modern muse of Béjart, Massimo Murru, artist with a superlative temperament and Roberto Bolle, a modern day global star. Along with Pierina Legnani, Alessandra Ferri and many others".
As recalled by Frédéric Olivieri, Director of the School: "Beauty is the continuity between the past 200 years and the present, between what we are today and what we will be tomorrow. This exhibition is a small collection of our history, but it is also an album from which we have to start the next 200 years".